Lighting is one of the most important elements of any room. In today’s featured workspace, the lights are decorations and inspiration—fashioned by glass artist and lamp designer Alison Berger.
House & Garden offers a lovely description of Berger’s studio:
Prismatic glass lights with low-level filament bulbs are placed on vintage library cases inside her studio and dangle from everywhere – on ceilings, walls and as slim bronze fixtures. The lamps are kept on all day, creating a magical meditative atmosphere. Each one captures and refracts the changing hues of the light outside, by turns tropical green, watery blue or the brilliant warmth of the golden hour as the sun sets. And then at night the lights come into their own, painting the walls with shadows. ‘The word lighting almost doesn’t make sense,’ Alison says of her work. ‘It is more atmospheric illumination. The lamps are these glowing pieces you can use for sculptural purposes. They are not task lights. They work best layered with architectural task lighting in a home.’
Each glass piece of hers is mouth-blown, optically pure crystal. Besides the lamps, the studio is a bright space filled with natural light, plants, and rustic-looking objects. See more photos in the article linked below.
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What is one tip for recruiting a great graphic designer who really understands my brand?
The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
1. Test Their Aesthetics
There is no better way to decide if a graphic designer fits your brand than to have them test their skills on your product. It is crucial to see an example of what they could eventually do and if it aligns with your aesthetics. Find the problem areas and ask them to show you how they would improve them. – Jayna Cooke, EVENTup
2. Have Them Build a Single Asset First
We have done this, and the technique we employed was to ask the designer to freelance build one asset for us and get it really nailed down. This gives you an understanding of the designer’s skills and at the same time the designer gets a sense of your brand. – Ashu Dubey, 12 Labs
3. Use Design Contests
We’ve found that the best way to find the best designer is to run design contests on sites like 99designs with a large budget. This way you can view the work from a large variety of designers and pick the one that is most responsive, most talented and most in-tune with your brand. Relying on referrals or hiring without seeing how they design your work is flying blind. – Marcela DeVivo, National Debt Relief
4. Get a Referral
An understanding of a brand takes time and dedication. You will need to train your designer to understand what you want from them. However, asking yourcolleagues who are in similar businesses for referrals will help you narrow down the search. Look for a portfolio that resonates with you to ensure compatibility. – Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now
5. Look to Your Customers
The best employees are former customers. If you can find a customer who loves your product that is also a designer, this can be a win win for your business. I’ve found my last two designers from my customer lists. I email all my customers and see if there is someone looking for a job, and to email us if they are. There are a few amazing potential employees that will understand your product. – John Rampton, Due
6. Hire Them to Freelance
Give the designer a small project to take ownership over, from start to finish. You will not only get an understanding of their approach to design, but you’ll also gain insight into their work ethic, values and whether they really understand the heart and soul of your brand. – Shradha Agarwal, ContextMedia
7. See What Questions They Ask
The only way to understand a brand is to ask questions. If they aren’t asking questions, they are just making assumptions. Who are your customers? What are their demographics? What other brands do they like? Why do they come to you? The more thoughtful their questions, and the more relevant to your niche and unique selling proposition, the better the fit. – Alan Carniol, Interview Success Formula
8. Look for Similar Work Experience
You’ve got an idea in your head about what you want your brand to look like. Find a designer who’s done similar work, or who has designed for your industry or desired target customer. You have to judge a designer off the work they’ve already done. He or she is more likely to get the personality of your brand and express your ideas without too much coaching. – Andy Karuza, brandbuddee
9. Conduct a Design Audit
Before hiring, consider asking the recruit to conduct a design audit of your materials. Design audits can take many forms, but should include discussion around the look, feel, form and function of your product. The last section of the audit should include recommendations for how to improve your overall design, which will be an indication of what the candidate will do for your brand. – David Ciccarelli, Voices.com